2013 Bracketology: Saint Louis firms grasp on No. 5 seed

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It's becoming more and more likely that Saint Louis lands a top-five seed in this year's NCAA Tournament.

The Saint Louis Billikens have been one of college basketball's most pleasant surprises this season, dominating the Atlantic 10 Conference despite losing coach Rick Majerus in December to heart failure just months after he took a temporary leave from the program.

With a 24-7 overall record and the conference regular season title in hand, the Billikens have emerged as a solid No. 5 seed in the most recent bracket projections. For a team that began the season 3-3, the past few months have been an impressive run.

In the latest bracketology post from SB Nation's Chris Dobbertean, he projects Saint Louis to be the fifth seed in the South region, scheduled to play 12th-seeded Akron in the first round.

ESPN's Joe Lunardi has also jumped on the bandwagon, moving the Billikens up to a No. 5 seed in the South region. He sees them playing a 12th-seeded Belmont team in the opening round.

CBS Sports' Jerry Palm is even higher on Saint Louis than the other analysts, projecting the team to be a No. 4 seed in the West region. They play North Dakota State in this scenario.

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